Summer is coming! And so is the time to wash Asian streets with bright hues to welcome the spring in style. This is the time of the year of Asia’s best summer festivals and what better way to immerse in a culture during your travel then joining in the celebration?
From the delectable food to the lively culture, and memorable landscapes, Asia is the home of some of the world’s most exciting carnivals. Most of the festivals which are talked about below are being fêted in Asia since hundreds of years, and fascinate visitors from the farfetched land. Tourists from across the globe visiting Asia each summer to participate in these celebrations.
Wandering in Asia has never been easier, with rope of low-priced flights arriving right into the place of action. The only question that you must ask yourself is: which festivals are for you? We have selected the 8 best Asian summer festivals for this year. And after you read our blog article, don’t just sit idle. We want to hear what you think about the Asian festivals. Maybe you could enlighten us on any festival which we didn’t feature in our post.
Holi, 23rd March 2016, India
Welcoming the spring with frolic & fun
Holi- this is precisely the kind of festival that provides you a reason to paint the town red. Not just red but blue. And yellow. And green. India’ largest community, i.e. Hindu community, celebrates one of the world’s best colorful festivities. Holi Festival is the reason to cover every Tom, Dick, and Harry with blazingly colored powders. You can join the crowds at Holi during March, when the roads are overflowing with color in a gesture to welcome spring season. If you are in India in the month of March then you might get trapped in a colorful arena at Holi.
It’s believed that Lord Krishna celebrated Holi with his soulmate Radha. Masses of participants hurl every possible type of colored dye powder, liquid and water balloons at everyone. It’s a madly engrossing and partaking fiesta, as everybody gets involved. You may witness people relishing on streets and screaming, “Never mind, it’s Holi”. The best places to visit in India for Holi celebrations are Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur for beautifully adorned elephants, Varanasi, Mathura and Goa.
Bali Spirit Festival, 29th March-3rd April 2016, Bali, Indonesia
More than a Yoga Festival
You will find music is the heart and soul of the BaliSpirit Festival which is celebrated on a wide scale in Bali, Indonesia. You will be mesmerized by Bhakti Nights of holy music matched with partaking performances. With spree of Kirtan and reciting, along with emphasizing globally known artists, you will find everything thrilling!
With health experts and Yoga teachers from across the globe, BaliSpirit is a comparatively new spectacle, a festival where you are inspired to grow rather vitiate. Be prepared to witness a beautiful involvement that will involve all six of your senses. The plush city of Ubud has done a delightful job of treating the visitors for hundreds of years.
From music classes, art exhibitions, touring of Bali temples, nutrition and health workshops, this festival is not just about Yoga. Not just that you will find a collection of family activities like Balinese dance for kids and circus tricks. Get in touch with our locals in Bali to relish this festival thoroughly.
Rath Yatra, 6th July, Puri, India
Amongst the Holier festivals of India
If you want to see maximum people at any place then go for Rath Yatra in Puri, India. It’s one of India’s biggest and important festivals, attracting tourists, pilgrims and devotes to the busy bustling streets of Puri.
The idols of Sri Mandira, Lord Jagannatha, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra are taken out from the temple confines in a sumptuous ceremonial parade to their own chariots. The enormous vividly ornamented chariots, are drawn by thousands of aficionados to almost two miles away to the North. After a sojourn for seven days the deities return to their home in Srimandira.
You can experience spectacular drum’s beats and conch shells blow as a crowd of followers tug the deities’ colorful chariots through the road. Why does this festivals attract so many devotees? Because it’s an enormously blessed event measured among the utmost fortunate one can attend. To reach Puri you have to take a train or drive car from Biju Patnaik International Airport, Odisha.
Gion Matsuri, 1St – 29th July 2016, Kyoto, Japan
The most ancient Japanese Festival
If you are planning to travel to Japan in the month of July then don’t be surprised if you hear the sound, ‘kon-chiki-chin’. This sound is exactly like that of a bell around Kyoto Station or along Shijo Street. July is the month of Japan’s most ancient festival- Gion Matsuri.
The main highlights of the Gion Matsuri Festival are the extravagant hovers that has made this festival so famous. There are two types of floats used in this festival including yama and boko. Yama floats portray parts from Chinese and Japanese mythology and frequently endure pine trees, memorials, and figurines. The boko are huge 2-storied, mixtures of music hall and museum that are dragged by teams of up to 50 men. Despite series of halts imposed by various kings, Matsuri festival has persisted the centuries because of the people who struggled to keep their important practice flourishing. If you are planning to visit this festival then wear the traditional Japanese costume, Yakata, which is the local dress worn on the day of parade.
Fuji Rock Festival, 22nd- 24th July, Japan
The cleanest festival in the world
Different from the usual festivals, Fuji Rock Festival is like a breath of fresh air- because it’s considered world’s cleanest festival in the world. It’s celebrated in Japanese ski resort of Naeba, it’s been the apple-of-eye of tourists around the world since 1990s. This festival is set amidst primeval mountain and forest cover, where people celebrate with the international bands and best of Japanese music.
The Fuji Rock Festival is an annual music fiesta held at the Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. It’s a three day event, which is prepared by biggest outdoor music affair in the Japan, Smash Japan, with 100,000-150,000 celebrants as audience. From bands tucked inside forest near the hot spring spa to Dragondola cable car, the festivals have several attractions which attracts tourists worldwide. One can enjoy African to Hawaiian delights, and witness the use of recycled materials for event. Electricity used here comes from solar plants to support environment cleanliness. From Tokyo one has to take Joetsu Shinkansen train to Yuzawa station, from there a free shuttle is available which takes passengers to the festival site. Tickets for the Fuji Rock Festival are available now, you better book your accommodation fast.
Boryeong Mud Festival, July 2016, South Korea
Celebrating with masses rolling in mud
Do you know that during every summer, South Korea hosts international tourists for celebrating the local mud festival? And the interesting fact is that this mud has excellent healing properties too. It was never so much fun to get dirty and rolling around in mud. Not just meddling with mud but this festival includes wrestling, massages, and photo contests as well.
Who got the idea of celebrating this festival? Well, the thought of celebrating this festival came in 1998 to the manufacturers of Boryeong Mud products for promotion of the mineral-rich mud found near Boryeong, South Korea. After word of mouth and exceptional experiences of visitors, this festival has received rave reviews worldwide. Due to proximity of ocean nearby, there is hardly any issue of mud getting absorbed in hair, one can rinse it off easily. You can also pick up from local beauty products, including mud face packs, shampoos, soaps which were the original reason for celebration of this festival. From Seoul you have to drive or take a bus to the Coast.
The upbeat musical fest amidst lush forest
Rainforest World Music Festival was the breakthrough of Randy Raine-Reusch, Robert Basiuk, Edric Ong and Edgar Ong. The festival was founded in 1997 and has been chosen as one of the “25 Best International Festivals” for successive years. You can enjoy the soulful, Pop, Rock etc., and all other genre of music amidst lush and green canopy of trees. It’s exactly like being in an enigmatic land among native people and listening to enormous drum beats.
Every year people arrive at Kuching to celebrate the diversity of world music. The festival usually music from over 20 different artists and bands, and is considered one of the biggest musical events in Malaysia with spectators over 30,000. The best thing about this music festival is the glorious use of acoustic instruments and other tribal products. You won’t find musicians walloping offstage but them wander everywhere in the village socializing with people. To reach here you have to take shuttle service from Kuching International Airport.
Esala Perahera, 8th- 18th August 2016, Kandy, Sri Lanka
The tribal fest of celebrating the sacred tooth relic of Buddha
If you want to have a lifetime experience of nonstop drumming, exotically clad dancers and slow waddle of elephants then do visit Kandy this summer to celebrate Esala Perahera festival. It’s celebrated each year to honor the Sacred Tooth Relic and the four ‘guardian’ Gods Natha, Vishnu, Kataragama and Goddess Pattini.
You would witness people parading every night of the festival, with celebrations getting intense and passionate. From jasmine essence floating amidst air, you will feel like swaying along the musical charisma of drum beats. And for sure you will be mesmerized by the dancers adorned in exotic costumes and men cracking whips to scare demons only inches away from the face. From insane parades to water-rituals during the last five days, Esala Perahera is an exhausting but totally enjoying celebration. To reach Kandy for this enchanting festival you have to take a bus or train from Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka.
Now you have heard the tales about the most famous summer festivals of Asia. It’s time to experience it yourself. So, which Asian festival has you running to the adjacent airport?